Ethnicity and Nationality in Alcoholism

  • William C. McCready
  • Andrew M. Greeley
  • Gary Thiesen


Ethnic and national origins have been part of the study of alcohol use and consumption for a long, long time. Observers have always been quick to point out that drinking behaviors are characteristic of a certain group and frequently those characteristics have found their way into the stereotype of the group itself. Much of the humor surrounding national identity has to do with alcohol use and abuse, even though much of it is not very humorous. In this chapter, we attempt to describe the overall picture regarding work that has been done concerning ethnicity, national identity, and alcohol use. We begin with some comments about research into the social correlates of ethnicity and national identity. We then proceed to include what is hopefully a representative spectrum of work concerning the relationship between these social characteristics and alcohol use. We then report on some recent work concerning ethnicity, alcohol use, and family structure. And finally, we suggest some implications of these studies for the researcher and the practitioner dealing with problems of alcoholism.


Family Structure Drinking Behavior Drinking Problem Adolescent Drinking Drinking Socialization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William C. McCready
    • 1
  • Andrew M. Greeley
    • 2
  • Gary Thiesen
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Sociology, School of Social Service AdministrationUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  3. 3.Department of SociologyUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA

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